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Old 07-05-2014, 09:13 AM   #1
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A breakdown, a cowboy and a matchless owner. Seriously.

I couldn’t make this up. Yesterday while leaving work in downtown “cow town” Calgary my 2005 KTM 950 S stalled at a light. I tried to restart it but the only way to even get even a little life out of it was to gingerly play with the throttle. But there was no way I was going anywhere. I rolled the bike to the side of the road where there was a small cal-de-sac. Jumped off the bike and called my friend to see if he was around with his truck. Just happened that he was about three blocks away, leaving work J So I started looking for a ditch or hill that we could use the bike when a fellow watering his grass asked if he could help me. So I asked him if he knew of a good loading spot. He had a better idea. How about I use the ramps for his motorcycle J Turns out he has a very, very old 1950 something matchless that he showed me that unfortunately was damaged in the floods last year but would defiantly be restored.
So there I am within 10 minutes with a truck, ramps and a new friend. Ready to load the bike up when a cowboy is wondering down the street and asks if he can help? SURE! So we line up the bike and I give the 3 count. 1… 2…. And before I could say three the bike is already in the back of the truck. So now I have a broken bike… but some cool new friends and a story to share.

THE BIKE had been sitting in the underground parkade of my office for a few days and the battery was dead. So I threw it on the trickle charger for the day while I was at work. When I went down after work the bike fired up just fine and I drove off. It wasn’t until a dozen or so blocks later that the bike just stalled at a light. And then would start but only if I played with the throttle. I suspect either fuel or electrical and am about to go out to the shop to start doing some testing.
Any suggestions where to look and what to test?
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:53 AM   #2
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so now I'm more scared. Went out to look at the bike and while cranking it over it was doing the same thing as yesterday. It would "kind of" start and idle. But any throttle and it would stall. So I thought maybe fuel. So I added a 1/2 gallon to each side which topped the tanks up. Then cranked it again. FINALLY it started running. Then after a minute of idle I was able to grab the throttle and its running normal.

so now what do I do? I don't need another breakdown. But how do I test if its not acting up ��
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:23 AM   #3
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Fuel Pump??
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:54 AM   #4
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fuel pump??

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Old 07-05-2014, 12:51 PM   #5
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Sounds like what happened when my FP died. Easy fix, just order a new one and plug and play.
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Old 07-05-2014, 03:10 PM   #6
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so its normal for it to just start working again?

is it safe to ride it while I Wai for a fuel pump ⛽ or will I only get a few more miles out of it?

would you order two fuel pumps right away? Are they really a consumable part?
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